April 22, 2006 |
NBC's five-night experiment in prime-time speed cooking, "Celebrity Cooking Showdown," has shriveled like an over-toasted marshmallow. Curdled like badly blended hollandaise. Collapsed like an underdone souffle. In the competition, celebs including Patti LaBelle, Tom Arnold, Big Kenny, Cindy Margolis and Ashley Parker Angel cooked up a storm in front of a studio audience with help from celeb chefs such as Wolfgang Puck.
September 6, 2006 |
The "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" had been promising computer users for weeks that they could tune in to live simulcasts of the show over the Internet. As it turned out, "live" is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, the broadcast was indeed transmitted over the Internet, but it was not live for those outside Eastern Daylight Time. Agreements with local affiliates prevented broadcast of the news program before it aired on local stations.
May 23, 2007 |
A group backed by the record industry that collects Internet music royalties said Tuesday that it would defer new copyright payment rates for small webcasters who claim the higher payments would bankrupt them. SoundExchange, which collects and distributes royalties from webcasters and satellite radio, said the offer was for webcasters with revenues of $1.25 million or less.
March 29, 2007 |
TV Guide, which has helped viewers navigate through thousands of television shows for 53 years, now wants to do the same for Internet video. Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. next month will launch a test version of an online video search tool that will enable viewers to find clips and full episodes of TV shows posted on the Web. A formal launch is planned for September.
July 18, 2008 |
Amazon.com Inc. introduced a Web-based service that would allow customers to instantly watch movies and TV shows on their computer rather than wait for them to download. A test version of the Video on Demand streaming service, which has more than 40,000 titles, was made available Wednesday to some users. Customers of Amazon.com's Unbox video service previously had to download films to their computers or TiVo digital video recorder.
March 9, 2006 |
When it comes to comedian Jon Stewart, Apple Computer Inc. is betting that one download won't be enough. On Wednesday, Apple's iTunes Music Store began offering downloads of Comedy Central's popular satiric newscast, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," and its comedic spinoff, "The Colbert Report." But instead of offering the shows a la carte, as it does with other new TV programs, Apple unveiled Multi-Pass -- a way to buy a month's worth of shows for $9.
March 19, 2007 |
As creator of "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues," Steven Bochco packed lots of drama into 60 minutes. Now he's trying to entertain in closer to 60 seconds. Bochco is joining the masses of wannabe online video moguls with "Cafe Confidential," an Internet series that's all about brevity and punch. The 44-clip collection, which premieres today on video site Metacafe, features people in their teens or 20s telling lighthearted, semi-confessional stories.
April 29, 2008 |
The WB lives on. Eighteen months after shutting down its TV network that captured the youth zeitgeist with such shows as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dawson's Creek," Warner Bros. Television said Monday that it was resurrecting "the WB" vibe and moniker -- on the Internet. The Burbank-based television studio, part of the Time Warner Inc. empire, has been experimenting with ways to parlay its strength in TV programming onto the Web. Although earlier efforts sputtered, Warner Bros.
April 17, 2007 |
Comcast Corp. said it would provide clips from the Golf Channel, E! and other cable TV broadcasts to an online video site planned by News Corp. and NBC Universal, joining a project aimed at competing with Google Inc.'s YouTube. Comcast also will distribute the online video site through Comcast.net and Fancast.com, which is a new entertainment site launching this summer. Other companies that have signed on as distributors include Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL.
June 29, 2007 |
News Corp. and NBC Universal on Thursday named a little-known former executive of Amazon.com as head of its highly touted and well-financed online video joint venture. Jason Kilar, who helped Amazon.com break into DVD sales in his decade with the online retailer, brings expertise in e-commerce and a passion for delivering a great user experience for video on the Web, his new employers say.